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A Current Vision

Puzzled by Judy Metcalfe

Exhibit: May 28- June 28, 2014
Reception: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2-4 pm

After a rigorous jury process, forty-nine  N.A.W.A. artists, from twelve states, have work in a variety of mediums selected for this first time ever N.A.W.A. exhibition in Massachusetts (hosted by the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA).  The challenge to the artist in this show was to present “A Current Vision.” Make no mistake: the art work represents a fresh take on the world around us, showing a different and current face.   

Founded in 1889, the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2014. It is the first established professional women's art organization in the United States.

N.A.W.A’s documented exhibitions are archived within The Smithsonian Institution Archives; The Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Library of Congress; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Frick Art Reference Library; and the New York Public Library.

N.A.W.A.'s original and continuing purpose is to empower and help women artists counter the difficulties they face in gaining recognition and equity in professional training, exhibition opportunities, and the marketplace. Over the years, many famous artists became members and supporters of this organization.  Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Cecilia Beaux, Blanche Lazelle, Alice Neel and Theresa Bernstein are just a few of the noteworthy artists included on the membership roster.

It is both fitting and timely for this national exhibit in Lowell, MA that in this 125th Anniversary year, a new N.A.W.A. chapter has recently formed in Massachusetts whose executive committee and board members will be introduced and welcomed by the New York executive committee at the reception for this national show.

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